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2. World Series rematch at Tropicana FieldThe slumping Phillies limp into Tampa Bay on Tuesday for a midweek series fresh off the club's second-worst homestand in 30 years. But a spell away from Citizens Bank Park might not be the worst thing for the world champs: They enter the week an MLB-best 23-9 on the road and a curious 13-22 in Philadelphia.

3. Griffin, Tiger swing through Late NightLate Night with Jimmy Fallon is hitting its stride after an uncomfortably bad opening month. Plenty of reasons to tune in this week if you're a sports or music fan, with visits from probable No. 1 draft pick Blake Griffin on Tuesday, Tiger Woods on Thursday and Brooklyn rockers Grizzly Bear -- whose latest release, Veckatimest, is one of the hottest records of 2009 -- on Friday.

4. Sports Nutz delivers line-crossing humorCute women chatting up the sports topics du jour may not be uncharted territory. But it's the subversive humor and playful good-girl-bad-girl chemistry between co-hosts Susannah Collins and Sam Raddock that sets this Web series apart. Last week's premiere recapped the "sweet spot" of the sports calendar -- with Collins playing it straight next to Raddock's opiate reveries and R-rated overshares -- while today's sophomore episode debates the merits of college with an eye on the NBA draft.

5. Pride of the YankeesThe U.S. men's national team needed a minor miracle Sunday to make it through to the semifinals of the FIFA Confederations Cup, the eight-team tune-up tournament for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. But the Americans need even more good fortune Wednesday against Fernando Torres and Euro 2008 champions Spain (2:25 ET, ESPN): La Furia Roja just matched the international record of 35 straight games without a loss, set by Brazil from 1993-96.

6. Nash gets charitable in ChinatownSpeaking of the Beautiful Game, you can get an intimate look at some of the world's sports luminaries if you're in the New York City area Wednesday when Steve Nash holds the second annual "Showdown in Chinatown" charity match at Roosevelt Park in the Lower East Side. Nash, the two-time NBA MVP who's been known to kick it around in local pickup games during offseasons, has once again enlisted an attractive blend of A-listers from the soccer and hoops worlds. Last year's eight-a-side event saw top-flight footballers Thierry Henry, Salomon Kalou and Robbie Fowler playing alongside Nash, Raja Bell and Jason Kidd.

7. Bruno busts outThree years after his Borat mockumentary took the box office by storm (with a worldwide gross of $261 million) comedian Sasha Baron Cohen brings his flamboyant Austrian fashion journalist Bruno to the screen. The film hits theaters July 10, but the real fireworks may come Thursday when Cohen makes an appearance in character on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.

8. Major-league turf wars take center stageSome say the Subway Series has lost the punch it packed earlier in the decade. But a Yankees-Mets showdown -- they play a three-game set this weekend in Queens -- always makes for compelling theater. ESPN will televise the series finale on Sunday Night Baseball.

9. America's next top puncher Want to catch an early glimpse at boxing's next big star? Check out Victor Ortiz --'s Prospect of the Year in 2008 -- when the 22-year-old southpaw meets Argentina's Marcos Rene Maidana for the interim WBA junior welterweight title on HBO's Boxing After Dark (10 p.m. ET, HBO). The personable Ortiz has overcome a tough upbringing to emerge as a promising up-and-comer.

10. Kobe puppet celebratesNike dropped its latest MVPuppets advert in the wake of the Lakers' NBA title, breathing new life into a campaign that seemed doomed to a Dan-vs.-Dave-type ignominy. If only Stan Van Gundy could've made the same type of in-game adjustments.